Vietnam Veterans, James E. Callahan Chapter 65, Pittsfield MA

Vietnam Veterans, James E. Callahan Chapter 65, Pittsfield MA Our Chapter is named for Jim "Doc" Callahan, who was a Medic with the 1st Infantry Division, Lai Khe, Vietnam1947-2008 RIP
We are Veterans who served in the military during the Vietnam war. We have a chapter home in Pittsfield located at 99 First St Pittsfield. We are open from 9-noon on Mon, Wed, and Friday; Wed nights from 6 to 9 pm.


Another year has passed! 11 years since we said good bye to a great friend and hero!
James E. Callahan

Our color guard in the 4th of July parade in Pittsfield Massachusetts!

Our color guard in the 4th of July parade in Pittsfield Massachusetts!


Happy New Year to all our Veterans and their families!


July 29,2008 is a day that members of Vietnam Veterans, Chapter 65 and family and friends of James E Callahan won’t forget. That is the day that we got the devastating news that Jimmy was killed in a motorcycle accident.
Jim was a hero in every sense. He selflessly gave of himself as a Medic in Vietnam and was the recipient of the Bronze Star medal for heroism.
When he came back to his home city of Pittsfield MA, he continued to give of himself to the community and his fellow Vietnam Veterans. The day he died, he was getting ready to leave the next day to be with his friend and fellow Medic Mike in Oklahoma, who was dying.
Jimmy preceded him in death by only a few days.
It’s hard to believe that ten years have passed. Sometimes it seems like yesterday that he was here and yet sometimes a lifetime ago. It’s amazing that how much of an impact that he had on his friends and community.
I am so happy that Jimmy was able to make the trip to Vietnam in March of 2008, and visited Lai Kai. It seems that he was able to put to rest the ghosts and demons that haunted him for so many years. It was an amazing trip. I’m confident that he died at peace and is now enjoying his heavenly reward. We will never forget you, there is none like you. May you RIP.


Just a reminder that there is a casual conversation and coffee hour at Misty Moonlight on Dalton Ave. in Pittsfield MA, every Thursday morning at
10:00 am. If you are a veteran, you are welcome to join us. 😊🇺🇸


July 29, 2008 we said goodbye to our dear friend, James E. Callahan. I don't know where the past 9 years went but it seems like yesterday that he was here. On his time on earth he lived and loved and made an indelible imprint on all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He will never be forgotten. He is missed, now and always.

This is the battle that Jimmy was in.

This is the battle that Jimmy was in.

I wanted to make sure members of your chapter know that a book about the battle "Xom Bo II" called "June 17, 1967 - Battle of Xom Bo II" is out. It contains chapters about Jim and his best friend Mike Stout, who he was on his way to see when he was killed in the cycle accident. The book is about the battle that gave birth to the iconic pictures of Jim trying to save our wounded. He had a big job to face - we had 187 casualties in that battle all in a 5 hour period; 37 of them died. Anyway, the book, "June 17, 1967 - Battle of Xom Bo II," is a minute by minute story of what happened that day in the steamy jungle of Vietnam when 39 of my comrades were killed and 150 more wounded, including yours truly. It is the account of the men who fought so valiantly to survive the ambush. It is also the story of the loved ones left behind and the wounded who struggled to become whole again. It’s a story that is the result of talking to many of the survivors of the battle and the wives, brothers, sisters, or friends of those who were there when over 8000 artillery rounds, napalm and bombs rained down around LZ X-Ray to dislodge the entrenched Viet Cong. June 17, 1967 is a story of war, men, and their loved ones. It is the story of the youth, culture and happenings that made the battle of Xom Bo II such an enigma for 1967's summer of love.

As we approach the 8th anniversary of Jimmy's passing, I think it is appropriate to share some background information  w...
Behind the Photo: Medic James E. Callahan

As we approach the 8th anniversary of Jimmy's passing, I think it is appropriate to share some background information with those who may not have known who James E. Callahan was. We have seen the iconic photos taken by Henri Huet in June 1967 in Vietnam, and how he captured the sorrow and sense of futility on the face of the medic trying to save the wounded soldier. Jim was one of thousands of medics and doctors and nurses and other medical personnel who faced situations like this day in and day out. As a medic, he had a tremendous amount of responsibility and respect among those he served with. When a man is down, he calls for a medic. Jim accepted his responsibility willingly, and often put his own life in danger. As a young adult, Jim saw things that nobody should see. He carried his burden through life. He dealt with it by always doing things for his fellow veteran and his community. He had a heart of gold. You could always count on Jimmy to be there to help.
Jimmy made a lasting impression on his community, Pittsfield MA, where he lived all his life. There are memorials in honor of Jimmy around Pittsfield. One is a mural on the corner of West Housatonic St and South St., with a picture of Jimmy doing CPR; another is a bridge named in his honor connecting Hubbard Ave and Dalton Ave.; and our Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 65, which was proudly named after him. As July 29 rolls around again, we think of Jimmy and the tremendous impact he had on those who had the pleasure of meeting him, his bravery and his love for others. We miss you Jimmy.
May he Rest in Peace.

The above photograph of James E. Callahan is one of the most famous photos taken during the Vietnam War. Photographer Henri Huet captured a young medic trying to save the lives of his buddies in th…


Please come and join us on March 26th at 10:00am for a Ceremony at Park Square in Pittsfield, MA, for (Vietnam Veterans Day). The ceremony will include the 30th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Monument at the Park, were units of the Berkshire Veterans Coalition will be placing wreaths at the monument.
Also, we will be Celebrating 50 years from the beginning of the Vietnam War. John Harding USMC will be our M/C and Pittsfield's Mayor Linda Tyer will be giving the opening remarks. National Anthem will be sung by Anthony Pastore, Key note speaker is LT. Colonel Michael J. Walsh, color guards and Honor Guards will be present, also the reading of the 27 Berkshire County Vietnam Veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam for our Country.
Sponsored by the VVA James E. Callahan Berkshire Chapter 65, VFW Post 448 & The American Legion Post 68 Pittsfield, Ma

This iconic picture is on the cover of December, 2015 issue of Vietnam magazine. You may be able to find one  at Barnes ...

This iconic picture is on the cover of December, 2015 issue of Vietnam magazine. You may be able to find one at Barnes and Noble. If they are sold out, ask and they will reorder more.
Jimmy Callahan, Pittsfield MA home town hero!


For veterans who live in the Pittsfield MA area or are just visiting, you are cordially invited to have coffee and conversation with your fellow veterans on Thursday's from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the
Misty Moonlight Diner, 565 Dalton Ave. in Pittsfield.


Another Veteran's Day is upon us. Since last Veteran's Day, many of our brave soldiers have been called home. May they rest in peace. It's a time for us as a nation to honor the Veterans, both living and deceased for their service and sacrifices made to keep this country free. We also want to mention James E. "Jimmy " Callahan, who we named our chapter after, and the impact he had as a medic in Vietnam and in his home town of Pittsfield, MA. "Lest We Forget."


Today, July 29th marks the 6th anniversary of the loss if one of the most memorable veterans of Berkshire County. Jimmy was a person who impacted so many lives. He served with honor in Vietnam. He risked his own life on many missions to give comfort and aid to his wounded brothers in the area around Lai Khe. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with valor. Upon returning to his home town Pittsfield, life was a challenge. He fought his demons and ultimately turned his efforts into helping other veterans, and ultimately helped himself. He was a founding member of Chapter 65, Vietnam Veterans of America, Pittsfield MA. The chapter grew and offered support to other veterans who were having their own challenges. Jim was known for his sense of humor, his loyalty and his patriotism and his love for his children. You would always see Jimmy in a parade leading his fellow veterans, and oh so proudly! In fact, he was given the honor of Veteran of the Year!
Yes, today is a sad day. We lost a good friend. He is gone from us in a physical sense, but his spirit lives on in every person who ever met him, and especially the Veteran community. Jim, we will never forget you. Rest in Peace.


Pittsfield's Fourth of July Parade this Friday! The Chapter will have marchers and a Float entered. Don't forget to come down to Pittsfield to view the parade anywhere from West Housatonic and South St, up North St. To Wahconah Park. Jimmy was always proud to march in this parade. Honor all the veterans and all the work that is put into this annual event by your presence.


Memorial Day is Monday. Chapter 65 VVA will be marching from Fenn St. to the Pittsfield Cemetery on Wahconah St. starting at 9:00 am.
The ceremony at the cemetery will start around 10:00 am. Please join us to honor those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice.


This year is the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War (1964). Saturday the VVA James E. Callahan Berkshire Chapter 65 will be Honoring (27) Berkshire Vietnam Vets that gave the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. Join us while we Honor these brave Vets.
Ceremony starts at 10:00am at Park Square Saturday the 29th.
Guest Speaker is Willard "Will" Losaw
And opening remarks by Mayor Daniel Bianchi.


Almost forgot, we will be selling Poppies this weekend. Look for us at Stop & Shop in Pittsfield.


All day, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9, Arizona Pizza on the Pittsfield Lenox Road (rte. 7&20) in Lenox is supporting our VVA Chapter 65 with "Dining for Veterans" where they will donate 20% of the proceeds back to the Chapter. All you have to say to your waitress is that you are "Dining for Veterans"
Enjoy a great meal and help the Veterans. Thanks for your support.


Veteran's Day is Monday. Let us honor ALL Veterans who served and died in service. Pittsfield has a Veterans Day Parade starting at Fenn St at 10:00 AM , North St to South St. then concluding at the Veterans Memorial off South St. Ceremony at 11:00.

SP5 James E. Callahan

SP5 James E. Callahan

Jimmy in Vietnam

Jimmy in Vietnam


July 29th marks the 5th anniversary of the tragic loss of James E. Callahan. We, who knew and loved Jimmy, will never forget him. May he rest in peace.


Well folks, We Did It! Grand Marshall Award!!!! That along with a trophy and money.
Congratulations Hank for your vision, the builders of the float, those on the float, and the Vietnam Veteran marchers.
Also a great big shout out to President of VVA Chapter 65, Fran Tremblay, for being named Veteran of the Year!!! Thanks for all your hard work and commitment to the veterans of Berkshire County.
God Bless our Veterans and the United States of America.


July 4, 2013 the James E. Callahan Chapter 65, Vietnam Veterans of America in addition to marching in the Pittsfield Parade, have entered a float that depicts the Vietnam Wall in Washington, DC. The parade starts at 10:00 am, at the corner of East Housatonic St., and South St., Pittsfield. We are the first float in the parade. Come to downtown Pittsfield and celebrate the birth of our country.


The color guard will be marching in the Memorial Day parade from City Hall to Pittsfield Cemetery on Monday starting at 9:00 am. The ceremony starts at 10:00 at the cemetery. Come and join us as we honor all deceased veterans.


The chapter will be placing flags in both St Joseph and Pittsfield cemeteries starting Monday, May 6, 2013. If you can help, call the chapter at 413-443-1132.


Memorial Day Parade and ceremony at Pittsfield Cemetery on Monday, May 27, 2013.


We fondly remember Jimmy who left us too soon. It's hard to believe it has been 4 years. RIP. 7/29/08


Reserve November 11, 2011 for the formal dedication of a new bronze marker honoring the 27 men of Berkshire County who died during the Vietnam War. It is at the site of the Vietnam Monument on Park Square. The ceremony will take place immediately following the Veteran's Day ceremony at the WWI Soldier's Monument.


FYI We meet every Thursday at 10:am at Misty Moonlight on Dalton Ave. Jim started this coffee group around 2006. It's a nice opportunity just to get together and enjoy each others company. Do come and join us.


Happy 4th of July! Our color guard is marching in Pittsfield's 4th of July parade on Monday, July 4th. We will be stepping off at 10:00am. Come see us and see the parade.


Veterans Day is Thursday, November 11. Let us remember all the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we may be free. Let us especially remember our friend, Jimmy.


Remembering Jim with affection on this 2nd anniversary of his leaving us. May he rest in peace.


As we celebrate the Fourth of July, besides celebrating the birth of our country, let us remember our friend Jimmy, who proudly marched in Pittsfield's Fourth of July Parade. Jimmy, we miss you!


99 1st St
Pittsfield, MA

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Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00
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